A Darkness That Will Swallow The Dawn

There have been few shows on television this year that I’ve found myself getting excited about. One of those shows is AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” The show is finally nearing the end of season three. The other is HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” which will make its third season premiere March 31.

“Game of Thrones” is based on a series of books entitled “A Song of Ice and Fire” and is set in a medieval European-style fantasy universe. There are a great number of characters in the series, but I wouldn’t consider any one to be the lead. If anything, the lead role goes to the Iron Throne, for which everyone in the series has some stake.

Through the first two seasons, the majority of the show revolves around character-building – because there are so many. But, that’s exactly why I’m really looking forward to season three. I’ve grown attached to the characters, and their stakes in the “Game of Thrones” universe. Now it finally appears that the building was leading up to something epic. Hopefully it has something to do with the growing dragons that Daenerys Targaryen is nurturing, and possibly even the wildings, the shadowy creatures with glowing blue eyes that lurk in the North.

I’m also excited to see where Jon Snow’s journey takes him. Snow is the son of Ned Stark, who lost his head at the end of season one, and he is currently heading to the perilous North. Snow is easily my favorite character. He is considered the “runt” by his more noble brothers, and is even given the runt of the direwolf litter, the white wolf Ghost. The trials that Snow has faced are different than those of his brothers, but no less powerful. And, the fact that he has no intention of taking the throne for himself, means he just might be the only one worthy of it.

For more information, check out www.hbo.com/game-of-thrones for an extended season three trailer and more.

As per usual, here are the highlights and happenings going on in the area.

HIGHLIGHTS

The Unexpected Guests To Host March Improv Show: March on down to check out The Unexpected Guests Improv Comedy Group on Saturday at 9 p.m. at The Reg Studio Theater, 108 E. Third St. in Jamestown.

Enjoy live entertainment with an improv performance featuring a cast that includes: Gary Peters, Jane Fischer, Timothy Smeal, Alison Barry, Wayne Carlsson, Heather Felton, Malachi Livermore and Kipp Reynolds. The Unexpected Guests have been performing in Chautauqua County for more than 10 years, and are proud to be a part of the vibrant local arts community.

General admission is $5 at the door. All audience members who wear a green item will be eligible to win TUG’s version of a “pot o’gold.”

For more information visit www.facebook.com/theunexpectedguests or call 485-8953.

Fourth Annual “got pink?” Event To Be Held At Shawbucks: “got pink?” will be held at Shawbucks, in downtown Jamestown on Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

The event is held annually to benefit local breast cancer care. There are many great activities planned for the event, including: a live auction, a silent auction and Chinese auction that each feature donated items; DJ Fish will perform from 1-1:30 p.m.; Derek Davis and The Tasty Groove band will perform from 1:303:30 p.m.; haircuts, mini-manicures and pink extensions donated by Salon 1; Duck Dip, courtesy of Designer Pools; “got pink?” T-shirts and hats from Jamestown Cycle Shop; and 10 percent of all food and bar sales will be donated by Shawbucks.

The Town Pants To Play St. Patty’s Day Party: Jamestown Savings Bank Arena will host a St. Patrick’s Day party with Vancouver, Canada-based celtic roots rock band, The Town Pants, and special guest Jackson Rohm, on March 16.

Both The Town Pants and Jackson Rohm were part of the Arena’s “Big City Concert Series” last summer and are returning to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 6:30 p.m. Presale tickets for the event are $10, and day of show tickets will be $15. Tickets are available now at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena box office or by phone at 484-2624.

The JCC Uncommoners Announce Cast Of A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia:” “Sylvia” is a play about Greg, Vince Joy, and Kate, Kristina Benson, who have moved to Manhattan after 22 years of child rearing in the suburbs. Greg’s career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate’s career as a public school English teacher is beginning to offer her more opportunities.

Greg brings home a dog, Crin Fredrickson, he found – or that has found him – bearing only the name “Sylvia” on her tag. A street-smart mixture of Labrador and poodle, Sylvia causes stress between the couple. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection, while Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn’t understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in jeopardy, resulting in hilarious and touching complications. Along the way, the audience meets several other interesting characters, all of them played by Malachi Livermore.

The show will be directed by Robert Schlick with technical direction by Steven Gustafson. Performances are set for 8 p.m. on March 15, 16, 22, and 23 and 2 p.m. on March 24. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for JCC Faculty Student Association cardholders. Tickets are available by calling JCC’s box office at 338-1187, or visiting campusstore.sunyjcc.edu.

HAPPENINGS

To include an upcoming show or event in this column, email drader@post-journal.com or call 487-1111 ext. 253 by Monday.

Tonight

Pete Pepke with Andrea and The Giants: 6-8 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg. Pepke was named Jazz Man of the Year 2006 by the Musicians’ Union.

Blue Grass Jam: 7-10 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron. Area bluegrass musicians are welcome to sit in and play.

Friday

Stan Barton Jazz Mandolin And Violin: 6-8 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg.

Day Old Soup Band: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Peek’n Peak, 1405 Olde Road in Findley Lake.

DJ Amber: 9:30 p.m., Murdock’s, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.

Cindy Haight: 6-10 p.m., The Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy.

Saturday

Jamestown Thunder Community Drum Circle: Noon to 2:30 p.m., All My Relations Spiritual Store, 2384 W. Lake Road in Ashville. Extra drums are available and all are welcome.

Doc And Bill: 6 p.m., The Corner Coffeehouse, 54 W. Main St. in Frewsburg.

Touch Of Old: 8 p.m. to midnight, Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.

The Saloonatics: 8 p.m. to midnight, Fountain Bowl, 3316 Fluvanna Ave. Ext. in Jamestown.

Brian and Ric Butler Duo From House of Cards: 8-11 p.m., Chautauqua Suites, Bellini Lounge, 215 W. Lake Road (Route 394) in Mayville.

Cup of Soup Duo: 9 p.m. to midnight, Steener’s Pub, 322 Route 430 in Greenhurst.

No Limit Featuring Karl Lydell, Mark Alpaugh, Jim Foti and Cindy Haight: 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Lakewood Rod and Gun, 433 E. Terrace Ave., in Lakewood.

Rob Vance: 9:30 p.m., Murdock’s, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.